Early Years – Donaldson Class
In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Miss Allen, Miss Smith, Mrs Hatchman and Miss Pepechkova.
Our topic last half term was "Traditional Tales". We began our topic by learning about the story of The Three Little Pigs. We turned our role play area into a builder's yard, experimented to find out which material would be best to build a house from, then we went to our forest area and worked in teams to build new houses for the three pigs to live in.
We also looked at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We wrote letters to the bears from Goldilocks to say sorry. We then read The Gingerbread Man and had great fun creating gingerbread men on the I pads as well as making them in real life!
We finished our Half Term by taking part in the National Gallery's "Take One Picture" project. This year, the focus for the topic is Men of the Docks, by George Bellows.
We enjoyed exploring this painting, along with more modern scenes of the Manhattan skyline. We created our own versions of the skyline using a variety of art and design techniques.
We were very interested in the statue of liberty, and this led to us discovering that it was a gift of friendship from France to America. We decided to make our own friendship models and asked our Year 6 Buddies to help us decorate them.
This half term, our new topic is Animals. We have already been on our trip to Willow's Farm and wrote recounts of our trip. We will be thinking about farm animals, zoo animals and minibeasts.
By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.
Important things to remember:
PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. We do not need trainers in school at this time, as we will begin our P.E. sessions in the indoor hall.
Your celebrations and festivals...
If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!
Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and Reading
Please Note: Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and reading will begin once the children are fully settled into school.
Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.
Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week. Please ensure that reading books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next.
Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.
Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" event. This will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class.
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